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Anchorman II Circles The Bowl, It Floats!

This post is in response to the impending release of Anchorman II .

There’s old Hollywood saying that describes the most common method to success in the entertainment industry, and fittingly enough it even predates the movie “Deep Throat”, and that saying is “It’s not who you know, it’s who you blow”.

In some ways, Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy could easily be compared to the blathering daytime t.v. oddity that is “Bethany”, except that he has a more noticeable mustache (and, one would assume, a penis), both are happily riding on the wave of a career rise that’s beyond any explanation, smiling all the way to the bank. This illustrates that as much as we’re aware that cream rises, we also know that often dead bodies and shit will float to the top.

So with the rising by the hour onslaught of phony praise, hype and cross promotions for “Anchorman II” that rivals Microsoft’s unending media time purchase and product placement of both the bloated virus magnet that is Windows 8 in so many t.v. shows and “Bing”, the basically still unknown web searcher. I’m thinking that under the guidance of an early  agent or manager Will Ferrell must have made a bulk quantity purchase of knee pads requiring several visits to Costco, and it’s also likely he will be in line for future kneecap transplants.

I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous posts that I can’t figure out how someone with so little talent has been able to go so far with an act that for the most part consists of trying and failing to emulate the routines of Steve Martin and Chevy Chase. I still have no answer for you, he’s just never been funny to me. Not even close…..  

Perhaps the rumors are true and Mr. Ferrell does indeed have a tattoo on his forehead that says “Don’t grab my ears, I know what I’m doing”, it certainly would explain a lot.

*******Breaking news update!!!!*******   On December 24th, shortly after the Los Angeles near to flatline release of “Anchorman II“, Paramount Studios is reported to be considering changing the name of the film to “Devastation of the Smug” in the hopes they might catch some of those ticket buyers who aren’t paying attention when they choose a V.O.D. to watch. In a related story, Dodge Durango sales are said to be increasing in spite of the flood of Ron Burgundy ads  .

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of mine) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below, I don’t get to choose them and (sadly) I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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December 21, 2013 at 6:02 am 2 comments

Ooh-ooh that’s Mel……..

For a clearer meaning of the title of this post, it should be sung using the Lynyrd Skynyrd style. If you don’t know who Lynyrd Skynyrd was, go back to your rap and hiphop crap and leave me alone.

Forced into admitting it, today I have to give the devil his due…  I’ve usually been against most everything Mel Gibson stands for, says or does, even on the rare occasion when he’s sober or not busy celebrating having yet another offspring. By the way, that’s seven by his ex-wife and the the current count is one more (so far) by a musician / composer named Oksana Grigorieva, a Ukrainian (some incorrectly say Russian) woman a little more than half his age that he may have knocked up while still in his previous “christian” marriage.

Perhaps he’s trying to match his parents record of having eleven kids, and he has had to switch to a younger wife?

And I’d say all of the above even if I wasn’t one of those direct descendants of the christ killers he often rants about.

So, it grieves me a lot to have to say this, but there’s no one better at playing that basic Mel Gibson kind of character than Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (google it), as exemplified in his new film “Edge Of Darkness“, directed by Martin Campbell, the same director that did one of my other favorite everyone gets killed at the end kind of movie, “The Departed”. Ooops, was that a “spoiler”?

He’s really a good actor, even if often a bit too much over the top in every sense of the word. Fighting past the cliches and more or less predictable events that roll through the film all the way to the cornball ending, I just plained enjoyed watching his facial tics in what is more or less a return to his “Lethal Weapon” days. Except that Ray Winstone does does a much better job of scene stealing every moment that  he’s on screen than Danny Glover ever did.

Sure, it’s hard for me to ignore the abundance of crosses and religious paraphernalia that’s on display in almost every scene, it was almost like the church was paying for product placement, and questions “sugar tits” asks like (paraphrasing here because I don’t have a copy of the script) “are you being nailed to the cross or doing the hammering”, or something to that effect.

So, considering the above, it’s really difficult for me to say this aloud, but I’d give this film (and Mel, goddamn it!) a “go-see-it”.

February 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Product Placement Explained In 2 Words

Tooth Fairy

That’s the two word definition.

See the film, count the brand name products strewn around the set.

February 4, 2010 at 12:29 am 1 comment


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